Diablo Cody

Remember when the nerdosphere was all a fluster over Lily Collins being cast as as Mia, the drug addict analogue to Ash in the Sam Raimi-produced, Diablo Cody-spruced-up The Evil Dead remake? Well, cool it since word is she’s out now.  Variety’s Jeff Sneider Tweeted this today:

Well that’s…. unfortunate. No real word at this time what the scheduling conflict could have been, but that is also often code for ‘quit politely with a half-assed excuse’. Regardless of the cause, they have to replace her and quit. With filming scheduled to begin in New Zealand ‘soon’ and a release date set for April  12th, 2013, the clock is ticking on the Fede Alvarez-directed film.

My guess is she couldn’t lift the chainsaw.

Source: Blastr

Lily Collins, the recent arm candy of Taylor Lautner in Abduction, as well as her own lead in the upcoming Mirror Mirror, is the first cast member to join the Fede Alvarez directed Evil Dead reboot.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Lily will play the part of Mia, a drug addict who along with her friends heads to a remote cabin for a forced detox. In this new take on the 1981 cult classic five friends hole up at a remote cabin where they discover the Necronomicon, the fabled “Book of the Dead.” Once the book has been found fight for survival as one by one a demonic force begins to possess a each member of the group until only one is left.

There is absolutely no reason why this film needs to be remade, but I like Miss Collins, her casting sparks my interest.

Originally scripted by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, with revisions made in thanks to Diablo Cody, the reboot is being produced by original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.

The Evil Dead will begin production shortly in New Zealand, planning an April  12, 2013 release.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Diablo Cody Talks ‘Evil Dead’

Fans shook fists in disapproval when it was announced The Evil Dead, a cult classic film, was to be remade. Pitchforks and torches came out when it was revealed that original creator Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell were not gonna be in charge. Instead, newbie Hollywood director Fede Alverez and writer Diablo Cody were given the honors. While the jury is still out on Alverez, Ms. Cody’s involvement however, calmed the fan stampede. She wrote Juno. Bitches love Juno.

Cody recently spoke with Collider, while doing press for Young Adults. During the interview she revealed details about her involvement, which consisted of writing dialogue and character portions. We need not worry about Cody “infusing Evil Dead with “wacky dialogue and cute stuff” from Juno.”.”

Here is an excerpt from Cody’s interview:

“I know, honestly I was so excited to do it. I wouldn’t have even gotten involved if Sam [Raimi] and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved as well, they’re producing it, and so of course I was like “Alright I have to do this” because I’m such a fan of the original, and the whole original series in fact. But I was nervous to take the job because I thought “Ugh, I’m gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like Juno and they think I’m gonna pollute Evil Dead with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music, and it’s like “No, look I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original.” I feel like people will hopefully see Young Adult and go “Oh, okay that’s a horrifying movie maybe she could pull it off.”

It’s pretty a horrible idea to mess with a classic; it is guaranteed to be constantly compared to the original. With that said,  an all new film with the same premise but a new set of characters could be somewhat promising. I’m still nervous about this Alverez fellow, but Cody seems to get it. Plus Raimi and Campbell have a hand in it, so maybe that counts for something right?

 

Via: Collider

‘Evil Dead’ Reboot Logo Revealed

The Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell produced remake of Evil Dead,  directed by Fede Alvarez, will soon be underway.  Here’s a first look at the NEW logo (pictured above and below).

There’s been lots of negative and positive feedback from fans of the original film franchise, but lots of people are on the side of excitement for the Diablo Cody written feature (myself included). We recently reported on a synopsis for the reboot that will give you some insight on what everyone can expect from the reboot:

The “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.

The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.) The only way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in the exact same cabin) and Bruce Campbell cameo’s as “Ash” (who has now aged quite considerably).

Special thanks to Bloody Disgusting for getting the shot.

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We’ve heard that the Evil Dead remake is actually a thing, and that Fede Alvarez is directing and Diablo Cody is revising the screenplay. We’ve also heard from Bruce Campbell that this remake is much more sophisticated than the original and it’s not like they’re “farting out a sequel”.

We now have a brief synopsis of the upcoming remake and this is what’ll be paraded around at the American Film Market.

Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Sounds pretty close to the original, huh? What we don’t have, which would be important in determining the direction this film will take, is any information on casting decisions and what characters will be included in the remake. Though I suppose that if you really, really stretched the meaning, you could argue that “remake” means “the exact same thing”.

This is all stuff we know for sure. But, of course, rumors are afloat and people are speculating about possible ways in which the remake will diverge from the path of the original film.

From Bloody Disgusting:

The “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.

The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.) The only way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in the exact same cabin) and Bruce Campbell cameo’s as “Ash” (who has now aged quite considerably).

I guess they’re trying to give things a more contemporary spin, ’cause who the fuck doesn’t have drug problems these days?

… Oh, riiiiiight. Well, then, who the fuck can’t read ancient texts these days, huh?

Source: /Film

The Evil Dead franchise has always had the “splatstick” style direction of Sam Raimi and the face of Ash himself, Bruce Campbell. Two people that not only crafted the young minds of the generation, but also crafted one of the single best indy projects of it’s time. The upcoming reboot however, will be without these two legends. *cue the sad violin*.

With first-time big screen director Fede Alvarez working with a script by Diablo Cody everything seems to be a 50/50 thing right now. Actually, make that 70/30. Apparently, this reboot will have NO ASH CHARACTER. *dun dun dun*’

In response to questions about the actor playing Ash, Campbell said via his Twitter page today,

The latest statement from Bruce was in fact,

No Ash and this Evil Dead is going to be a re-telling?! Someone get the Necronomicon and say those oh so familiar words (properly please) to change all of this frightening news. If there’s no Ash then can this even be considered an Evil Dead movie?

Sure, it’s nice to see that they want to try and recapture the energy and spirit of the original film, but in all honesty the originals are a franchise all their own. Being that the name is still “Evil Dead” it’s going to be presumed that the Necronomicon is involved, and that means a new assortment of deadites opposing and killing most of the characters before film’s end. Could one of these hapless characters emerge as an Ash for the next generation?

Via: /Film

As most know there’s an Evil Dead remake in the works. Before you break out the chain saw and shot gun in revolt, know that the chin master himself – Bruce Campbell– approves. During a panel at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Convention, Campbell praised the remake, saying:

“it’s not like we’re just tossing this thing out and farting out a sequel.”

Campbell has called it a more “sophisticated” version saying:

“It’ll be kind of a hand-made movie with a young filmmaker who is more experienced than we were when we made the first one, who will be casting more experienced actors than we had, so I don’t see how it could be any worse.”

Look, I’m all for re-workin’ The Evil Dead and makin’ it spiffy-er than ever, but the camp and unintentional cheeziness of the originals are what made them so darn successful in the first place. Remakes imply there was something wrong with the film the first time around. If you’re a fan of the Evil Dead flicks,  you know there’s not a goddamn thing wrong with them. You love them because they’re not perfect.

With that said, director Fede Alvarez being hand-picked by Raimi himself, along with the script by Diablo Cody… and of course, a cameo from Bruce Campbell, is encouraging.

COMMENT QUESTION: Who should play the NEW Ash J. Williams? My vote goes to Nicholas Brendon.

Via: Blastr

The production company owned by Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures, has announced that they will be doing a remake of The Evil Dead!

Fede Alvarez has been signed on as the remake director and screenwriter. He wrote the script alongside Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for her screenwriting work on Juno, is currently spending some quality time with the script that Fede Alvarez had written and revamping it as necessary. Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, from the original movie, are also on board as producers.

No word on when they’ll start filming, or an expected release date… but this is pretty exciting. What do y’all think?

The official press release:

Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) are gearing up to remake their cult sensation THE EVIL DEAD through their long standing Ghost House Pictures partnership. Raimi and Tapert were such instant fans of Fede Alvarez’s short film “Panic Attack” that they set up a blind deal with the filmmaker and through that process have attached Fede Alvarez to write and direct the film. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.

Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film.

The three producing partners commented, “We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the ‘Evil Dead’ series. We can’t wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements.”

Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Tapert and Campbell, produced the original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. THE EVIL DEAD spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS.

Fede Alvarez is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Karl Austen. Diablo Cody is represented by Sarah Self at WME, Mason Novick, and attorney Jeff Frankel of McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Jennifer’s Body Review….I’m SO Sorry

I am a humble man. I also happen to be very self loathing. So when I’m off base, or remotely wrong, I can admit it. I have no problem calling myself out for a moment of reflection to see my faults for what they are. Tonight is one of those moments. I have just finishing washing off the last remaining filth that has seeped into my skin, having just come from the film “Jennifer’s Body”, a film I had high expectations for turned out to be so shockingly deplorable, I am still stunned. (more…)